ELDERLY residents aged 70 or over have been urged to book an appointment with healthcare bosses if they have yet to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

The Barnsley CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) has asked those aged 70 and above or those who are clinically vulnerable and have been asked to shield by letter, to contact the team and book a vaccine appointment.

The team will then be able to issue the vaccine to those in high-risk groups to prevent the spread.

This comes after the vaccination programme continues to be rolled out across the borough.

A spokesperson for the Barnsley CCG team said: “If you haven’t had your vaccine yet, you can book one now by emailing the vaccine team.

“Please email with your first and last name, date of birth, postcode, and telephone number so that someone can call you to book the appointment.

“You can do this on behalf of a family member, with their permission, if they do not have access to email.

“The NHS will never ask for bank details to book your vaccination.

“If you are 69 years old or younger and are not clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding), please do not contact us, as we are not able to respond.

“This will delay our most vulnerable patients from getting a vaccine appointment.

“Also, you don’t need to contact us if you are registered as housebound.”

To book a coronavirus vaccination, email vaccine@barnsleycvs.org.uk.